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“…devices that anesthesiologists use for outpatient surgery can be converted with a change of a single vent to a very useful ventilator.”

Vice President Mike Pence says there are tens of thousands of devices that can be converted to help struggling communities. Dr. Birx added that since elective surgeries have been postponed, devices (& anesthesiologists who know how to use them) may be reallocated to help areas in need.
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“The numbers that have been put out there are actually very frightening to people.”

Dr. Deborah Birx addressing some of the estimates of those potentially ravaged by COVID-19. She emphasized attention-grabbing theoretical models often look at an outbreak's course spanning several "cycles" without any widespread public health preventative measures, and that "we know that every American is doing something."
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“How many deaths are acceptable to me? None.”

Pres. Trump responding to a question about whether he would want to test every single American in order to isolate those infected - the President said tests should be administered state-to-state to determine a course of action. Members of the Task Force emphasized the need to get more detailed data from locales to determine needs. Today more than half of the new and established U.S. cases are in four counties in the New York metropolitan area.
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“Our Chinese colleagues are very concerned… what they’re starting to see, as they’re relaxing the constraints on travel, that they’re getting imported cases.”

Dr. Anthony Fauci said a conference call with the World Health Organization revealed a warning about releasing constraints to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 too early. The federal gov't campaign - "15 days to Slow the Spread" - ends Monday. Next steps remain TBD.
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Dr. Birx says the number of new cases per day in the New York City has been "relatively constant" over the last 3 days, showing the importance of public health measures. Officials want to see constant or lower numbers as a sign public health measures *may* be working.

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